William H. “Willie” Dyer

Richmond, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA
Death 15 Oct 1850 (aged 13)
Burlington, Racine County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Burlington, Racine County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 106616112 · View Source
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From Dr. Edward G. Dyer's "Scrap and Memorandum Book No. 1" written for his children and descendants in 1881:

In March of 1837, when we were living in Richmond, Ohio, our second child was born – Willie – a feeble, puny little fellow from the moment he saw the light of this world, till the day of his death, which occurred at the age of thirteen. His bodily sufferings during his life were severe and almost constant. His helplessness and physical infirmities drew him so near to his mother, and his mother so near to him, that in sympathy and unity they seemed one and inseparable. Her grief for his death was almost inconsolable. He had a bright mind and was an apt pupil: fond of music and biographical reading. His memory was tenacious and his affections strong. He often rode with me in visiting the sick, frequently asking questions about men or incidents of which he had read. He had read Headley's description of Napoleon and his marshalls, and Washington and his generals – and in one of our rides, talked much about them and asked me which I thought the greatest man – Napoleon or Washington. I tried to explain to him their dissimilarity.
We remained in Richmond till June, 1839. I had a good practice there, which was constantly enlarging, and have no doubt we might have secured a competence if we had remained and moved up into the village of Painesville after Richmond began to decline. I could give reasons for its decline, but it is not worthwhile to occupy the time or paper. Just 6 weeks before we left Richmond for Wisconsin, our third child was born – Emily – and as little Willie could not walk, he could creep, and was so enamoured with the girl baby that he seemed almost crazed. Whenever the door was opened into the room where his mother lay in bed with the baby, he would scramble across the carpet with all his might toward them. I would lift him upon the bed for a little time, and he would put his little hands on the baby's cheeks, kissing and caressing it in the most loving manner. It was difficult taking him away. He would cling to the bedclothes with all his might to prevent his being removed.

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  • Added: 12 Mar 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 106616112
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William H. “Willie” Dyer (Mar 1837–15 Oct 1850), Find A Grave Memorial no. 106616112, citing Burlington Cemetery, Burlington, Racine County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Burlington Historical Society (contributor 47783702) .